JAMMU: All eyes of Jammu and Kashmir may not be on today’s All Party Meet convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi to discuss Jammu and Kashmir but those eagerly awaiting for the outcome or ‘some breakthrough in the deliberations are certainly the former ministers, legislators, leaders of political parties and, of course, the tainted lot of bureaucrats.
Frankly speaking people of the Union Territory are so disillusioned that they care too hoots for political developments, which they perceive as progression of ‘vested interests’ to the ‘lucrative’ throne. The desperation among the politicians is pitiable and hilarious too. Hilarious; because they are feeling themselves out of frame because of being out of jobs and public attention. The glow of the yesteryears is gone and sheen of superficial curtseys, they used to extend to some during ‘off election days’ and to may throughout the polling, waned.Visit the leaders or the former ministers at their residences, most of them will be lost in their wild dreams. Offering a cup of tea is a tall expectation. It may not be because they are poor, as they have accumulated enough for progenies and generations. It is the habit of not spending anything out of pockets, especially when the political market is witnessing an ending lockdown. There are no relaxations or respites. No possibilities in the immediate future either. The virus of political hibernation is taking toll of their pretentious decency, sobriety and camaraderie. Their homes have almost become out-of-bounds, not by their choice but by circumstances. Nobody in fact wants to visit them and some who venture out feel the coldness of their attitude, least to speak of courtesies.Sharing one such instance while visiting a ‘VIP residence’ along with a colleague unfolded a surprising revelation from an acquaintance working on ‘no wages basis’ with a former minister. Cutting sorry figure for not treating the guests well, he had a strange explanation to offer. He said during hay days of the minister, he didn’t even know the prices of sugar, milk and biscuits. The supplies used to be delivered by clients on rotational basis and everybody in the house was liberal in serving the visitors. Now that the queues of visitors have vanished, the decentness has not only swarmed the high profile residences but taken away the smiles from inmates too. The instance reminds of a similar episode involving a minister from Poonch, who got axed during one of the cabinet reshuffles decades ago. The immediate fall-out came on milk supply in posh Gandhi Nagar area of Jammu. First the routine huge containers used to come after alternate days to the residence of the former minister and then the size of the pots condensed but the frequency of supply also decreased. On reminders after reminder, the peeved milk-supplying giant finally announced that the cow had stopped lactating. The scenario is similar post political development of August 5, 2019. Privileges and the ‘protective care’ of sycophants and clients is over.While a vocal segment of people of Jammu and Kashmir lost their special status, the former ministers and leaders got deprived of privileges. They feel nowhere to go. The initial post Art 370 abrogation activism has been taken over by disillusionment. The affected class of politicians keeps basking under sun during winters and cooling their heels inside rooms in scorching summers with nobody hanging around. Bad enough! What has happened to good old days-Jaane Kahan Gaye Who Din.Now that the political wilderness is observing second anniversary in August next, the pleasant breeze got sweeping again with Prime Minister Narendra Modi sending invite to Netas. The news has caused turbulence of enthuse in the otherwise stagnant waters across Jammu and Kashmir. With the d-day coming, the heartbeats are rising high. The wait is disturbing and electronic gadgets especially televisions are being kept in readiness to monitor the minute-by-minute tracking of developments in 7- Lok Kalyan Marg of New Delhi. Let’s wait and watch.
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